1 Camp Kiwanee Rd, Hanson, MA 02341, USA
Owned By: Town of Hanson
Woodland pond with seasonal swimming beach. Car-top boat access year-round (gas motors prohibited). Seasonal ice skating.
Since the 1940s, families have been enjoying Cranberry Cove on Maquan Pond in Hanson. Swimming lessons and kayak rentals are available in season. Rafts and other recreational floats are prohibited.
Prior to European contact, the Mattakeeset band of the Massachuseuk (or Massachusett) Native American tribe lived for thousands of years in the North River watershed. Their village included most of today’s Pembroke and Hanson as well as parts of Duxbury. The word “Mattakeeset” means “place of many fish.”
To travel between the North River watershed and the Taunton River watershed, the Mattakeeset followed a trail that extended from today’s Indian Head Pond (accessible from Maquan Pond via the adjacent Alton J. Smith Reserve) to Crooker Place and today’s Indian Crossway Conservation Area, through the great Cedar Swamp (today’s Burrage Pond Wildlife Management Area), through today’s Smith-Nawazelski Conservation Area (Elm Street, Hanson) to East Bridgewater and the Taunton River watershed.
There are no trails at Cranberry Cove, but if you’d like to take a walk, visit the Alton J. Smith Reserve, immediately adjacent.
Habitats and Wildlife
Maquan Pond is a tributary to Furnace Pond and Indian Head Brook. Indian Head Brook flows into the Indian Head River, a major tributary to the North River. The water in Maquan Pond is acidic, so fishing is poor except for pickerel, small yellow perch and pumpkinseeds.
Historic Site: No
Boat Launch: Yes
Lifeguards: Lifeguards in season.
Size: 48 acres
Hours: Swim beach 12-7pm in season (June 21 to Labor Day) and weather permitting. Pond access: Dawn to dusk. Business office 9am-2pm Monday - Friday.
Parking: Limited on-site parking on Camp Kiwanee Road.
Cost: Daily passes and seasonal passes are available for Hanson residents and non-residents. See official website for details.
Trail Difficulty: No trails.
Launch for canoes and kayaks. Picnic tables. Seasonal swimming beach and kayak rentals.
Boat Ramp: No
ADA Access: No
Scenic Views: Yes
Waterbody/Watershed: North River watershed